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miu; darkness more visible; anti worse than this,
those to whom the storehouse of mental riches was opened, became as the vain, glorious pos i m sor of sudden wealth, which heknows not how to use, and onlv seeks how to display. It i- the triumph of the present era. that it has woim it who unite the exercise of the highest talents w ith the performance of every domestic tint) . — that it has those, who, in the pursuit of intt 1 iectual acquirements, and conquest of mental difficulties, can emulate the courage and perse verance of Hercules, without seeking to use his club or wear his lion skin; and who can sacri fice to the Muses w ilhout neglecting tie• (Inters. Amony: these, Mrs. ilrnians occupies :i pro minrnt place. She is a sweet and elegant wri ter. Many of her shortest pieces are exquisite' and in her more extended compositions, there is always a decree of beauty which will ample re ward the reader for an attentive studv—we might say. for frequent perusals, New charms w ill he toiind at each repetition; and we would not envy Jcelin>rs which did not on a fair ac quaintance with the productions of this ladv, admit e her talents and love . is esteem a props n r word lor a critic .’ it so esteem herself. Tin1 I'nnH Sunctiumj" is intended to describe the mental conflicts, as Wi ll as outward sutVer musol a Spaniard, who flying from the'reli^ious persecutions of his owiicountry, in the sixteenth century, takes relume with his child m a Nortii \111cric.an forest. The story is supposed to he i< luted by himself, amidst the wilderness which has aflhrdod him an asylum.” This perfectly xpl.itns the nature, of the poem. The exile sees Ins I: ier;d Alvar and two sisters, peri-h as here tics at an citto itrjc—is himself imprisoned for w :,rs. and tortured—escapes, and flics w ith his will-and child lur America—she dies on the voyage, and lie pours out his musiiitrs to his son.” iii ini iipos!t■ .j)!io (>) las rli.il ], llie followin'? ph-a-es us much: “ Wily s’.,mill I weep on thy bright head, mv hov • Wit! in thy father’s halls thou wilt not dwell, Xor lift theii baun® with a warrior's jov, Amidst the soils of niountaiil chiefs, who fell Tor Spam of old. Yet what if rolling w aves I! ivp borne us far fnitn our anc. r:, 1 pave, • Thou shall not feel thy bursting hear! rebel As mine hath done : not Ik ar what I have borne, Casting in falsehood’s mould th’ indignant blow of scorn. AN Oman's endurance of suffering and death, is equally fmely toii'-hed: --—“ A!a= : • see the strength which clings H i;:' 1 woman m such horn 1 a mournful sight, Though 1 ively . n oh rflowh ; oi liie spi n gs, fhe full springs of afb'eKon, do •: as bright ! Anu sue, because her i:te is et* twined With other hies, ami by r.o stormy wind May tiience be shaken, and because the light Of tenderness is round her, and her eje Dotlv weep such pass; :ned tears—therefore die thus can die.” VAHIETY. on niniH.K-. rtto't Mils, n a it B uer.n’s LEo.Acr ion rot yr. ladies. l'inding out riddles is the same kind of exercise to the mind, which running, am! leaping, and « resi ling, arc to the body. They are < f no use in them selves—they are net work, but play ; but they pre pare the body, and make it alert and active for anv thing it may be called to perform In labour or war. So docs the finding out of riddles, if they arc good especially, give quickness of thought, and a facili ty of turning about a problem every way, and view ing it in every possible light. When Archimedes, coming out of the hath, cried in transports, “ t'.un f a : 1 have found it ! > he had been exercising his mind precise!}' in the same manner as you wdl do w hen } on are searching about for the solution of a riddle. It..Idles are of high antiquity , and v. ere the em ployment of grave men formerly. Tire first riddle that we have on record was proposed b\ Sampson at a wedding feast to the voting men of the [Midis t.ne.-, who were invited upon the occasion. The least lasted seven days, and if they found it out within seven dm s, Sampson was to give thirty suits oi clothes and thirty sheets; and if thev could not guess ;t, they were to toiteit the same to him. The rib lie was : “ Out of die eater came forth meat, and out of the strong came forth sweetness.” He ha 1 killed a Hon, and left its carcass : On returning soon after, he found a swarm of bets had made use of tin-skeleton as a hive, and it was full of honey comb. Struck with the t 1 ’ness of the ciicum stance, he made a riddle oi it. ’1 hey puzzled about it the v. hole seven days, and would not have found it out at last if his wife had not told them. The Sphinx was a great riddle-maker. Accord mg to the table, she was half a woman anti halt a lion. She lived near Thebes, and to ever)- body that came, she proposed a riddle, ami if the v could not find it out, the devoured them. At length <1' Ji pus came, and she asked him “ what i,that animal which walks on four legs in the morning, two at I noon, and three at night ” tr.dipus an -'.', ere >1, i Man : in childhood, which is the monrm. if life j he crawls on his hands and feet : in middle age, ! which in noon, he walks on two; in old a.re he leans un a crutch, which serves for a sup; !, nr ntarv third foot. The famous wise men of Li recce did not disdain to send puzrles roeacli other. 1 licv are also fond of riddles to the Hast. There is a pretty oi . in s"i:n.'o! their tales. ‘ What is that tree that has twelve branches, and each branch thirt’ leaves, whxli are all black one side and white on the other ” The tree is the year; the branches the months ; the leaves black on one side and white on the other, signify day and night. Our Ac 1.> Savm ac", -tors had also riddle-, some of which me still :.;a - u ved m a very ancient manuscript. \ riddle is a description of a thing will; . t ■ name; but as it is meant to puzzle, it a"pe.t: s'. ’•> 1 '•■■■'/ to s imcthing else than what it real!;, d e . an 1 oi; . n seems contradictory ; but when vou l ave I gues-ed it, it appears quite clear. It ia a bad r.ddle it you are at all in doubt when you have found it out v. he'd \ 'mi arc right cr »<j. A ?' ' ■” .■ b not | verbal, as charades, conundrums, and rebusses are i it may be translated into any language, which the j others cannot. Addison would put them all in the ; class of false wit : but Swift, who was as great a | genius amused himself with making all sorts o| puzzles ; and therefore 1 think you need not he , ashamed of reading them. It would be pretty on tertamment for um to make a collection of the bet ter ones—for many are so dull that they are not worth spending time about. 1 will conclude hv i sending \ nu a few which v ill be new to you. I. I often murmur, yet I never weep ; I always lie in bed, yet never sleep ; My mouth is w ide, ami larger than my head; And much disgorges tho’ it ne'er i.> ltd ; 1 liav-* no legs or iect, yet swiftly run, And the nn-rc falls I get move faster on. H. j \> youths an i ye virgin . come list to my talc, " ilh youth ;ui'l with !>c;iuty my voice will prevail, | My slide ei: dianting, :uul golden niv hair, A lid mi earili 1 am fairest of all that is "fair ; Hut my name it perhaps may assist you to tell, That I’m banish'd alike both from heaven and hell. There’s a charm in my voice, ’tis than music more sweet, And my tale oft repeated, untir’d I repeat, 1 Hatter, I soothe, I speak kindly to all, And wherever you go, 1 am still within call, [say , Tho’ I thousands have blest, 'tis a strange thing to That not one of the thousands e’er wishes my stay, lint when most 1 enchant him, impatient the more, I'he minutes seem hours till my visit is o’er, In the chase of thv love 1 ain ever employ'd, Still, still lie’s pursued, and yet never enjoy’d . O’er hills and o’er valleys unwearied 1 He, Hut should 1 o’ertake him, that instant ! die ; Vet 1 spring up again, and again I pursue, "I'he object still distant, the passion still new, I Now .guess—ned to raise \ our astonishment most, j While you seek me you have me, when found 1» am lust. 111. I never talk but in my sleep ; V i never cry, hut sometimes weep ; My doors are’Qpen d.i\ and night . I'i ! age I help to belter sight , I. like camel, on, feed on air, j And dust to me is dainty t ov. i . V. e are spa it - all in v. let e, he a !e ' 1 as black night ; '! here we dance and spin'! an.! t . ('hanging evrrv changing dai ; \ et u nh Us is v. is !n:n ! mul, \s v.'e move in nr. si ; ,uu !, 'lor!ah wouldM th a know the gin . That ( ores heaps oil 1,111\’.s plains, hi leaves that I! nv Autumn stie I u i he stai that 11 T: chid . ■. g Or find how many drops would drain The " ■ h:-scoop'd body of the main, Ore; n-ure central depths below — A-koi i:-. ai'l thou slialt know. Mini tali \ he t we son,pass round The pyram d’scapac.ous h ,• t:i< 1, i Or step by step ambitious cl mb The cloud-capt m. uTuiu’s height suL1'.:: 1! eh's though wo e i i. .t us ■, ' I ..s tar's to i: and. i - to lose, I I : ct, Ara tiic In . v.v came. In land me- I i.. leAlhe . r ■. V. I t i.ur nun:',, r you r-- ,ud t ■(> rmmt l.'.e bright A .an,, d,e, WouMst thou ca-.t a spt li in find I heUackct light, tile S|, .:! 01 w. Or when tlm snail with creeping P , Shall the sv, i lling globe embrace , Mortal, ours the power! i! si,?!!— i Ask of us, fji' v.e can '